Bachelor of Music (Performance)

University of Sydney

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Conservatorium 513415 CSP 4F 22 Feb 2021


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This course focuses on performance within a general music degree. You will combine your chosen principal study with orchestral studies and chamber music, and core studies. Your studies allow you to develop as a musician and build your experience of current approaches to music. Performance students receive individual tuition on their instrument or voice will be assessed in the final two years of the degree by the presentation of public recitals.

Areas of study: Principal study in jazz studies, historical performance, orchestral instrument performance, non-orchestral instrument performance or in voice. Studies are also undertaken in analysis, history and cultural studies, and music skills (aural perception, harmony and analysis).

Career opportunities: Performer (ensemble, solo instrumental, symphonic and vocal), arts manager, chamber musician, concert entrepreneur, orchestral musician, private music teacher.

Practical experience: Includes individual instrumental lessons and concert practice, large ensemble performance and chamber music.

Fees and charges: The Australian Government subsidises the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Current University of Sydney fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Audition: In addition to the UAC application, you must register for an audition directly with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Selection into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music programs is by audition and/or interview, and ATAR. You will undertake an audition in a nominated instrument or in  voice.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Music 2.

Other applicants

Refer to the University of Sydney general admission criteria.

Student profile

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Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Sydney website.

How to apply

How to apply through UAC.

Check UAC application and offer round dates.

Audition application: In addition to your UAC application, a separate application to audition/interview must be submitted online direct to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A non-refundable administration fee is charged for all applications. Register for an audition.

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Open Learning Environment (OLE)
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ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
513415 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank